Official Panel Schedule

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Activity
Location


Podcast & Video

A Conversation with Ron Rash

Presented in partnership with Lemuria Bookstore of Jackson, MS

Ron Rash shares a conversation with Ellen Daniels about his newest short story collection, In The Valley.

  • Ellen Daniels, Mississippi Book Festival Literary Director, MODERATOR
  • Ron Rash, In The Valley
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Podcast

A Conversation with Michael Farris Smith

Michael Farris Smith is joined by friend, P.J. Lee to discuss his newest novel, Blackwood.

  • P.J. Lee, MODERATOR
  • Michael Farris Smith, Blackwood
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Podcast

A Conversation with Brittney Morris

Brittney Morris is joined by Dr. Ebony Lumumba to discuss her hit debut YA novel, Slay.

  • Dr. Ebony Lumumba, MODERATOR
  • Brittney Morris, Slay
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Community Engagement

Reader Feature: Student Edition #1

Tonja Murphy interviews student Jaela Wolfe about what she is currently reading this summer.

  • Tonja Murphy, Mississippi Book Festival Community Engagement Coordinator
  • Jaela Wolfe, Lanier High School, 11th grade, The Hate U Give by Angie Thomas


Community Engagement

Reader Feature: Student Edition #2

Tonja Murphy interviews student Calvin Davis about what he is currently reading this summer.

  • Tonja Murphy, Mississippi Book Festival Community Engagement Coordinator
  • Calvin Davis, Lanier High School, 11th grade, Autobiography of Gucci Mane by Gucci Mane


Community Engagement

Reader Feature: Student Edition #3

Tonja Murphy interviews student Kevin Clayborne about what he is currently reading this summer.

  • Tonja Murphy, Mississippi Book Festival Community Engagement Coordinator
  • Kevin Clayborne, Northwest Middle School, 7th grade, The Outsiders by S.E. Hinton


Community Engagement

Reader Feature: Student Edition #4

Tonja Murphy interviews student Katie Partridge about what she is currently reading this summer.

  • Tonja Murphy, Mississippi Book Festival Community Engagement Coordinator
  • Katie Partridge, Ridgeland High School, 11th grade, Animal Farm by George Orwell


Community Engagement

Reader Feature: Student Edition #5

Tonja Murphy interviews student Asher Hardin about what he is currently reading this summer.

  • Tonja Murphy, Mississippi Book Festival Community Engagement Coordinator
  • Asher Hardin, The Redeemer’s School, 4th grade, Harry Potter and The Philosopher’s Stone by J.K. Rowling


Community Engagement

Reader Feature: Student Edition #6

Tonja Murphy interviews student Jeremiah Hardin about what he is currently reading this summer.

  • Tonja Murphy, Mississippi Book Festival Community Engagement Coordinator
  • Jeremiah Hardin, McWillie Elementary School, 3rd grade, Harry Potter Prisoner of Azkaban by J, K. Rowling


Video

Welcome Message from our Executive Director

We are extremely grateful for your interest in the Mississippi Book Festival and hope you will enjoy our virtual 2020 offerings. As we look forward to hosting everyone next year in person at our 7th annual celebration of authors and readers, on August 21, 2021, we wish you well and happy reading!

— Holly Lange, Executive Director


Podcast & Video

A Conversation with Dr. Nancy Bristow

Dr. Nancy Bristow joins C. Liegh McInnis in conversation about her new book, Steeped in the Blood of Racism.

  • C. Liegh McInnis, MODERATOR
  • Dr. Nancy Bristow, Steeped in the Blood of Racism
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Podcast & Video

Page to Screen

Mississippi Film Office Director, Nina Parikh, leads a conversation between author, Michael Farris Smith, and film makers, Graham & Parker Phillips to discuss adapting Smith’s book, The Fighter, to film.

  • Nina Parikh, MODERATOR
  • Graham Phillips
  • Parker Phillips
  • Michael Farris Smith, The Fighter
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Podcast

Uncomfortable: Episode 2

In Episode 2 of “Uncomfortable”, Holly Lange and Dr. Ebony Lumumba discuss more in depth a few books discussed in Episode 1. Some of the titles discussed are Toni Morrison’s Playing in the Dark, Michelle Alexander’s The New Jim Crow, Ibram X. Kendi’s Stamped from the Beginning, Angie Thomas’s The Hate U Give, and more!

  • Holly Lange, Mississippi Book Festival Executive Director
  • Dr. Ebony Lumumba


Podcast & Video

A Conversation with Roy DeBerry

The Hill Country Project Director, Roy DeBerry is joined in conversation by Two Mississippi Museums Director, Pamela Junior to discuss his new book, Voices from the Mississippi Hill Country.

  • Pamela Junior, MODERATOR
  • Roy DeBerry, Voices from the Mississippi Hill Country
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Podcast & Video

75th Anniversary of Richard Wright’s Black Boy

On the 75th publication anniversary of Richard Wright’s Black Boy, C. Liegh McInnis, Kiese Laymon, and Charlie Braxton reflect on the importance of this monumental literary work.

  • C. Liegh McInnis, MODERATOR
  • Charlie Braxton
  • Kiese Laymon
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Video

A Conversation with Elliot Ackerman

Presented in partnership with Lemuria Bookstore of Jackson, MS

Elliot Ackerman joins Ellen Daniels in conversation about his new novel, Red Dress in Black and White.

  • Ellen Daniels, Mississippi Book Festival Literary Director, MODERATOR
  • Elliot Ackerman, Red Dress in Black and White
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Video


Podcast & Video

A Conversation with Angie Thomas & Nic Stone

Authors Angie Thomas and Nic Stone share a conversation with Tonja Murphy about life and writing.

  • Tonja Murphy, Mississippi Book Festival Community Engagement Coordinator, MODERATOR
  • Angie Thomas, On The Come Up
  • Nic Stone, Dear Justyce
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Podcast & Video

A Conversation with Wayètu Moore

Wayètu Moore joins Dr. Ebony Lumumba in conversation about her new memoir, The Dragons, The Giant, The Women.

  • Dr. Ebony Lumumba, MODERATOR
  • Wayètu Moore, The Dragons, The Giant, The Women
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Video

A Conversation with Gilbert Ford

Presented in partnership with Lemuria Bookstore of Jackson, MS

Gilbert Ford joins Ellen Daniels in conversation about his new middle grade book, The Mysterious Messenger.

  • Ellen Daniels, Mississippi Book Festival Literary Director, MODERATOR
  • Gilbert Ford, The Mysterious Messenger
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Video


Podcast

Uncomfortable: Episode 1

Holly Lange, Executive Director of the Mississippi Book Festival, visits with Dr. Ebony Lumumba, First Lady of Jackson, Tougaloo College Associate Professor of English, and Festival Board member, about racism, anti-racism and how we can create positive change.

In a conversation that kicks off the new podcast series “Uncomfortable,” Ebony and Holly talk about books, articles and resources for all ages. The series will feature many of these works by contemporary writers, sharing their experiences, thoughts, and hope for the future.

  • Holly Lange, Mississippi Book Festival Executive Director
  • Dr. Ebony Lumumba


Podcast & Video

A Conversation with Natasha Trethewey

Presented in partnership with Lemuria Bookstore of Jackson, MS

Natasha Trethewey joins Kiese Laymon in conversation about her new memoir, Memorial Drive.

  • Ellen Daniels, Mississippi Book Festival Literary Director, INTRODUCTION
  • Kiese Laymon
  • Natasha Trethewey, Memorial Drive
  • Hillary Taylor, Lemuria Events Director
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